Honoring our fallen
It is always very heartwarming to see all the American Flags flying in our local cemeteries, thanks to the work of many volunteers who place the flags on Saturday before Memorial Day. It also is very heartening to see the large numbers who, regardless of the weather, come to our Memorial Day services at Sabetha, Woodlawn and Fairview to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in military service for our country. I am thankful for former Marine, now Pastor, Michael Dunaway’s very inspirational and timely message at all three services. Without Zane Painter’s selfless volunteerism to set up the speaker system at the Sabetha service each year, that message would not be heard except by the few in front! I appreciate the members of Boy Scout Troop 77, who provided the Color Guard, as well as the many members of the Busy Jayhawkers 4-H Club, who sang the National Anthem at Sabetha, and of the Woodlawn Meadowlarks 4-H Club, who sang the National Anthem at Woodlawn. The participation of our youth helps them understand what Memorial Day is truly about, and hopefully their experience will help them remember as they grow up into adulthood. I also appreciate those who showed up at the Albany Cemetery at noon for the Military Honors rendered to those fallen whose remains are buried there, and those whose remains were never brought home. Suffice it to say that these special services would not happen without the participation of the members of Sabetha Memorial Post 7285 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Sabetha John L. Palmer Post 126 and Fairview-Morrill Post 322 of the American Legion.